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Women2Day - Fashion: Petal power

Get your wardrobe blooming with spring's floral fashions.

F&F at Tesco floral dress, £20, vest, £5, belt (pack of 2), £2 and bangles, £3 each.

Floral fashion should never be likened to pesky weeds but it has the same staying power.

It's the trend that just keeps coming back, reinventing itself in different styles, from outrageously bold blooms to delicate spriggy prints and technicolour bouquets through to monochromatic petals.

Once spring has sprung, florals rear their head as the go-to trend that will flourish right through to autumn and beyond. Designer Christopher Kane even made multicoloured blooms a key theme for his upcoming autumn/winter 2010 collection.

But for this season, it was Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana that really put the focus on flower power. While Chanel opted for country twee with ditsy florals and bags and shoes embellished with colourful buds, Dolce & Gabbana showcased sexy glamour with clashing bold rose prints on body-hugging fabrics.

You don't need to have green fingers or a degree in flower arranging to cultivate the catwalk's blooming spring looks.

Use your favourite flower for inspiration and let your print or embellishment echo your personality.

Transform your wardrobe into one big garden party with some fashion floristry.

Bold blooms

Floral inspiration: sunflower

If the word wallflower is just not in your vocabulary, turn to oversized floral prints in multicoloured brights to make an impact.

Channel Dolce & Gabbana styling and experiment with clashing floral prints to give your look a catwalk edge, or try layering on look-at-me bold jewellery to boost your flower power potential.

Try: F&F at Tesco floral print prom dress, £20; GIVe Fleur floral print skirt, £59, George floral corsage ring, £3.

Pretty sprigs

Floral inspiration: cherry blossom

For understated spring style, think flower beds rather than individual blooms.

All-over ditsy prints are one of the most flattering of all the florals.

If you usually wear a lot of black, pick a multicoloured spriggy print that will pop, or go uber-pretty in an ivory piece with just one colour accent such as a pretty pink blossom.

Try: Next floral trench coat, £45; Boohoo floral lace bandeau dress, £20; Evans ditsy floral scarf, £10.

Tropical plantation

Floral inspiration: hibiscus

Tomboys take note: Florals don't have to be pretty. Transport your prints to the tropics with vivid Hawaiian style blooms set against palm trees or birds of paradise.

Maxi dresses will take on a magical hippy-ish quality in an exotic floral, perfect for packing in your suitcase for sun getaways. Just make sure you don't skip on the overdose of colour.

Try: Phase Eight Martina floral maxi dress, £99; Motel Hibiscus Palm Zoe dress, £25 at ASOS; Accessorize Aloha tropical palm and flower bag, £30.

Romantic buds

Floral inspiration: orchid

You don't have to wear prints to bloom in florals. This season, floral embellishment, as seen at Chanel, is a key detail in keeping with the romance trend.

Stick to nude and neutral tones to allow the floral corsage, beading or ribbon to stand out as the eye-catching statement.

Try: AX Paris pleated floral ribbon vest dress, £30; Hobbs Collybrook floral corsage dress, £299; French Connection Lyndsey flower embellished clutch, £55.

Traditional bouquet

Floral inspiration: English rose

Floaty prom dresses, flared skirts and twee blouses... give your retro styling a floral spin with vintage rose prints.

Accessories are key for prim-and-proper garden party looks so seek out oversized hair bows, ladylike day gloves and court shoes.

Or keep it modern with unexpected fabrics like washed-out roses on denim.

Try: Jane Norman vintage floral skirt, £32; Primark rose print blouse, £10; Fever rose leather belt, £43 at Oli.

 

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